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McAdow: Past hurricanes felt locally

McAdow: Past hurricanes felt locally
By Ron McAdow/ Columnist
Thursday, September 8, 2005

Because they didn’t start naming storms until the early 1950s, that event is known only as The Great Hurricane of 1938. Like fireman’s musters and the cutting of pond ice, the hurricane was something I learned about from an elderly neighbor when I first moved to Massachusetts – it was a reference point for everyone in his generation. It took nearly 700 lives and made a permanent impression on everyone who survived.
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Even 40 years later, the flood scars could be seen on the landscape (and older buildings) in the Northeast Kingdom, way up in Vermont. I was surveying for an environmental impact assessment on historic resources. Whole swathes of the 1930 topography were simply not there.

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Here is what you can do to assist hurricane victims

Cherokee [OK] Manor Nursing Home, Cherokee: Accepting donations to provide bandages, blankets, medical supplies and other essential nursing home supplies to elderly nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Katrina. Call (580) 596-2141.

After Katrina, transplanted Creoles vow to keep culture alive

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press writer

LOS ANGELES — Wilda Little speaks Creole with her cousin two or three times a week and listens to her favorite zydeco bands on aging vinyl records, but that’s about as close as the Louisiana transplant gets these days to the Creole culture of her youth.
‘My children never learned Creole,’ said Little, 80. ‘They were never interested in that.’

Her culture has been in a long decline here, as zydeco dance halls shut down and native Creole speakers died. And now, Hurricane Katrina has dealt these remote outposts of shrimp gumbo and the zydeco two-step a devastating blow.

Creoles who live thousands of miles from the bayous of southern Louisiana suddenly find themselves uncertain ambassadors for a city — and a way of life — that is endangered.

‘We’re a part of that culture of New Orleans and now it’s gone,’ said Norwood Clark Jr., the owner of Uncle Darrow’s Creole and Cajun restaurant in Marina del Rey.

Nursing home didn’t evacuate Katrina’s Aftermath

12:14 AM CDT on Thursday, September 8, 2005
By KAREN BROOKS / The Dallas Morning News

CHALMETTE, La. – When St. Bernard Parish officials realized last week that St. Rita’s Nursing Home had not evacuated as Hurricane Katrina bore down on the parish, they called to ask why. Their offer to send buses to help was turned down, they said Wednesday.

No one knows for sure why officials of St. Rita’s, a privately owned nursing home, chose not to evacuate. On Wednesday, officials were still unsure of the number of people who died there, but previous estimates put the toll at 30 or more.
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Parish officials were still trying to piece together what happened.

St. Rita’s staffers never put their plan into effect.
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Sunday afternoon….Officials said she also told them that she had spoken with the families of patients who said it was okay to stay behind.

“There was frustration over not having her patients out; a false sense of security because they’d never flooded before; they had generators and stuff, and it [an evacuation] tends to be traumatic for some of these special-needs patients,” Dr. Bertucci said.

Elderly of Katrina

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/

When Katrina’s fury bore down on the Gulf Coast, the old people were the least able to run. Some could barely walk.

Some were left in despair at a rural Mississippi school. Others drowned in a Louisiana nursing home. The lucky ones – the tough ones – got out.
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People have no respect for the elderly,” Turner said. “They need to get a better plan. You can’t put people in here who are on oxygen, who can’t walk, who can’t take care of themselves.”
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Thirty people died at a flooded nursing home in Chalmette, and state Rep. Nita Hutter said the staff left the elderly residents behind in their beds.

Even after older people make it to safety, far from their destroyed communities, their troubles may not be over.
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Older evacuees do have one thing in their favor, experts say. A lifetime of living may have made them tougher….

Ageism rife in all generations

The commonest form of prejudice in Britain is between the generations. The young are seen as clever but callous. The old are delightful but doddery. Age discrimination is ubiquitous, according to the first national survey of attitudes to age.

Researchers questioned 1,843 randomly chosen UK residents and found definitions of youth and age so fluid that they confined their research to opinions about people who were under 30 and over 70.

‘If you are a 24-year-old man, you believe that old age begins about 55, which is surprising because if you are a 62-year-old woman, you think youth doesn’t end until 57,’ Dominic Abrams of the University of Kent told the British Association for the Advancement of Science yesterday.”


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